Our office utilizes the most advanced non-invasive treatments for facial revitalization to help you look and feel your best. The two most common procedures used to achieve this are muscle relaxants and fillers. A combined approach of both of these products provides optimal results.
The most commonly used muscle relaxant is botulinum toxin. This injectable product temporarily immobilizes the targeted muscles, effectively improving wrinkles formed from overuse of some muscle groups. While it improves lines, it does not add any volume to the face.
Collagen is what gives volume, flexibility and strength to healthy, young skin. As a part of the aging process, your own natural collagen breaks down, diminishing facial volume and elasticity. This loss of elasticity and volume results in wrinkles, facial lines and skin laxity – all of which rob your skin of its youthful, fresh appearance.
Fillers are materials that are placed into deeper lines and wrinkles to replace collagen in areas of volume loss. Filler agents typically are used for those wrinkles that are too deep to be treated with lasers. Most commonly filler agents are used for smile lines wrinkles, sagging cheekbones or to enhance the appearance of upper and lower lips. Acne, chicken pox and other depressed scars can also be improved.
Botox Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into facial muscles to improve the look of moderate to severe wrinkles formed from movements of expression. It is most often used to improve the frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines), the lines on the sides of the eyes referred to as the “crow’s feet” and the horizontal lines across the upper forehead. It can take anywhere from 3-10 days to see results after a Botox injection and the effects will typically last 3-4 months. Botox is one of the safest, nonsurgical wrinkle reduction procedures offered in the industry, and usually tolerated well without any numbing required before the procedure.
*Xeomin and Dysport are newer neurotoxin options available to treat facial wrinkles. They have similar risk benefit profiles to Botox and are available on request.
VOLUMA™ is the newest facial filler available in the Juvederm family of hyaluronic acid fillers. The first of its kind, this is a hyaluronic acid facial filler specifically made to restore age-related volume loss in the mid-face (the cheeks, cheekbones and around the chin). Voluma uses hyaluronic acid, a sugar that occurs naturally in your skin, to instantly restore lost facial volume in the cheeks and contour the chin. It also combines with collagen and elastin to improve skin structure and elasticity, and create a smooth natural look. The results are instant, natural looking and can last up to two years.There is little to no downtime – most people resume normal activities immediately.
JUVÉDERM® is the smooth gel filler used to instantly diminish wrinkles around your mouth and nose. It is an excellent choice for the treatment of the deep line that develops from the nose to the corner of the mouth called the nasolabial fold. It can also smooth the folds that appear below the mouth to the jawline, known as the marionette lines. With one treatment, you’ll see smooth and natural looking results that typically last 9-12 months.
Restylane is a filler that restores volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles. It is also very effective for adding volume to lips. The average results last between 6 to 12 months and treatments are typically scheduled twice a year. A touch-up treatment before the product has fully dissipated will enhance the lasting effect. The most commonly reported side effects are temporary redness and swelling or bruising at the injection site which typically resolve within two to three days. There can be some discomfort with the injection, which can be mitigated with the use of numbing creams.
Radiesse® is an FDA approved dermal filler that is effective at restoring the natural contours of the cheeks. By adding volume support to the cheeks, mouth and chin, it can provide a youthful lift in the cheek area, while also improving the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. The unique calcium-based microspheres restore fullness and stimulate the growth of your own collagen giving a youthful, smooth appearance that may be sustained for more than one year. The results are instantaneous. Normal activities may resume immediately following the treatment however mild swelling may be noticed the first few days after injection.
Belotero Balance is a hyaluronic filler that is similar to other fillers in that it is used for nasolabial folds, lips, crows feet, corners of the mouth, marionette lines, vertical lip line, and chin wrinkles. This new filler is unique in that it is composed of a thinner gel formulation allowing it to be safely placed in the superficial layers of the skin to treat very fine lines such as those around the lips.